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Serious & the EFG London Jazz Festival Jazz Experiments: Exploring Jazz Through the Music of Charles Mingus.











Serious & the EFG London Jazz Festival Jazz Experiments: Exploring Jazz Through the Music of Charles Mingus.

This mass participation performance piece will be composed and led by double bassist Ed Babar, and the Blues and Roots Ensemble. Amateur musicians of all ages (7 +) and abilities will are invited to apply to take part in this exciting new project.

Exploring ideas of collective improvisation, Blues and Roots Ensemble have created a new piece for musicians of all ages and abilities, based on the music of Charles Mingus, including swing, bebop and Latin American styles.

Participants will perform this new suite alongside the ensemble and will be given the opportunity to improvise in both solo and group settings. Through a series of workshops, ideas such as swing phrasing, rhythm section accompaniment and soloing will be explored, guided by specialist jazz educators from the band. These workshops will culminate in a live performance on Royal Festival Hall’s Clore Ballroom as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2018.


Rehearsals: Rich Mix (Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA)

Performance: Royal Festival Hall’s Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre


Sunday 28 October: 

3pm-6pm – Rehearsal at Rich Mix (Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA)

Sunday 4 November:

3pm-6pm – Rehearsal at Rich Mix (Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA)

Sunday 18 November: 

Rehearsal and performance day at Southbank Centre

We are delighted to host this participatory music-making performance, and to do so we are looking for enthusiastic amateur musicians of all ages and abilities to apply to take part! Why not encourage the whole family to apply and join in together?

More information and details on how to apply can be found here

We look forward to welcoming you!


Blues and Roots Ensemble

Blues and Roots Ensemble is a band of 7 diverse performers hailing from countries as far afield as Sicily, South Africa, India and Cuba. Led by double bassist Ed Babar, the group aims to share the stunning music of Charles Mingus through live performances and education/outreach work. Having launched in January 2017 the band has quickly grown a reputation for its raucous and energetic performances, and creative interpretations of classic Mingus compositions, selling out venues such as The Jazz Cafe, The Vortex, The Crypt and The Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall. 

Through its education work the band has spread this unique music to thousands of pupils nationwide, receiving grants for schools’ projects through Arts Council England and Cambridgeshire Music Service as well as workshops through Cambridge Jazz Festival.

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Music, Songwriting and Theatre making Opportunities for Young People

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning has a number of fantastic opportunities for young people coming up this academic year. See below for more information.

Young Jazz Big Band – open to 14 – 18 year olds

If you play trumpet, trombone, saxophone (soprano, tenor, alto, baritone), drums, piano, double bass or guitar and are inspired by Duke EllingtonCount Basie, Billie Holiday and other sultans of Swing this is your opportunity to work with musicians from London and New York, develop your big band playing skills and perform at the Barbican Centre.

Application link here

 Young Songwriters – open to 14 – 18 year old

The Young Songwriters is a programme that will get your melodies and lyrics out of the bedroom and in front of professional musicians who will help you craft and shape your work by exploring new sounds, instruments, genres and approaches to writing music. We’d love to work with you whatever you put together, be it Grime, EDM, Jazz, Folk, Classical or something completely different.

Application link here

Barbican Box Music – secondary school music teachers

The Barbican Box is a portable box filled with the ingredients for making and creating original theatre, visual art or music inspired by our world class arts programme. Curated and designed by composer and musician Max Richter, this year’s Barbican Box Music will contain an array of inspiration for teachers to create new music with their secondary school students. Teachers will benefit from world class training days exploring new ways of composing in the class room. All participants will get to perform at the Barbican with Max and will receive free tickets to a Barbican Contemporary Music Concert.

Application link here

All deadlines on Sunday 1st October 

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning is a member and a partner of the Hackney Music Network. All enquires about the above opportunities should be sent to them directly. 

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Young & Serious – 2017 Programme Launch

Serious are looking for the UK’s top young events producers to take part in this exciting free programme…
Young & Serious offers motivated young people aged 18 to 25 unique insights and experience within the music industry, with the chance to attend industry events, talks and workshops, work with exciting national & international artists and programme and deliver music activity.

This free programme kickstarts with a residential weekender, where you will meet people working across all areas of the music industry. This will be followed by regular meetings and online activity, through which you will plan your own projects to take place during the EFG London Jazz Festival 2017, gaining an Arts Award qualification.

The programme is free and open to anyone aged 18 to 25 living in the UK. To find out more about the programme and how to apply, visit the Serious website here.


Serious are a Hackney Music Service Network Partner
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